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Creative Youth Development

CultureSource is developing an arts internship program that places rising Detroit high school seniors in paid internships at our arts and culture member organizations.

The 8-week program will provide students with creative career-path exposure and college-prep experiences, and it will provide our members with resources to support youth and attend to their own workforce development needs. In addition to work placement, interns will participate in cultural site visits and curriculum days focusing on writing, leadership, financial literacy, public communication, college readiness, and more.

This program is designed to simultaneously invest in the long- term workforce development of the Southeast Michigan cultural sector, and provide rich, pre- college educational experiences for promising Detroit youth.

Timeline (organizations)

Monday, February 19
Virtual info session

Monday, February 19
Application for worksites open

Monday, April 15
Application for worksites closes

Mid-late Spring
Worksites selected

Monday, June 17
Program kickoff
Timeline (students)

Monday, February 26
Applications for students open

Monday, April 15
Application for students closes

Late April

Late April
Interns selected

Monday, June 17
Program kickoff

Program Details

  • Worksites will receive a $2,000 stipend per intern
  • Interns will receive an 8-week paid work placement (salaries for all 25 interns paid by CultureSource)
  • Interns will be rising seniors from Detroit public and charter schools
  • Interns will work on-site three days per week. The remaining two days will be dedicated to cultural site visits and curriculum days (coordinated by CultureSource).
  • Interns will be provided with funds to cover all work related expenses (transport, meals, etc.)
  • Interns will have a range of backgrounds, and an interest in being introduced to arts careers.

Training & Support for Worksites
CultureSource and Neutral Zone will host a mandatory workshop for worksites to learn about equitable practices for working with youth. Worksites will also receive coaching to develop a summer project for interns. The summer project is a crucial link between the program’s professional development experience and worksite experience.

Host a Cultural Visit
Organizations who don’t have the capacity to host interns but still want to get involved can receive a $1,000 stipend to host a full-day, immersive cultural visit for interns.


Eligible organizations should be:

  • A current CultureSource member organization. To see if your organization is a member of CultureSource, please visit our Membership Directory.
  • Have the staff capacity to host one to two interns, dedicating time to both their educational and professional development.

Eligible students should be:

  • Rising seniors (entering their senior year of high school in September 2024)
  • Attending a public or charter school in the city of Detroit


Arts and cultural organizations interested in hosting interns should apply by Monday, April 15.

Apply (Organizations)

Prospective interns should apply by Monday, April 15.

Apply (Students)

More Information

Advancing Our Mission
CultureSource’s mission is to advance creative and cultural expression in Southeast Michigan from our Detroit base. This new program will allow us to think longitudinally about the nonprofit arts sector’s sustainability, developing young talent to augment our sector as we prepare for retirements and leadership transitions in the coming decade. By increasing our commitment to arts education, we will be able to simultaneously invest in long-term workforce development and provide rich educational experiences for promising Detroit youth.

How many students will join the program?
The program will initially place 25 interns for Summer 2024, continuing with seven interns for the 2024-25 school year. These numbers will grow in subsequent years.

More details for prospective worksites and interns will be announced this spring. Subscribe to our emails to get the latest updates.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

Worksites can learn more with this one-sheet.

Students can learn more with this one-sheet.

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